in|se|cure [ ,ınsə`kjur ] adjective
1. ) not confident about yourself:
Jerry felt very insecure when he started at his new school.
insecure about: She's always been very insecure about the way she looks.
2. ) capable of being lost or taken from you at any time:
With the downturn in the market their jobs have become very insecure.
3. ) able to be entered by force, or not well protected or firmly locked:
In 90% of burglaries, access is through insecure doors and windows.
╾ in|se|cure|ly adverb
╾ in|se|cu|ri|ty [ ,ınsə`kjurəti ] noun count or uncount:
financial insecurity
Tom suffered from many insecurities.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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